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Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books

Emblem books are a genre of illustrated books that was popular from the 16th to the 18th centuries in Europe. Emblem books contain illustrations that often visually represent or illustrate a moral fable or an allegory. The illustration is often paired with a phrase of text, like a motto or an epigram,that further explains the image. Many emblem books serve a didactic purpose and explain virtues, vices, religious principals etc. through words and image. Many significant artists, authors, and engravers contributed to the creation of emblem books and the texts compiled by Andrea Alciati and Cesare Ripa are celebrated examples of the genre.

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ripa, cesare, 1560-1645
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alciati, andrea, 1492-1550
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cartari, vincenzo, b. ca. 1500
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goltzius, hubert, 1526-1583
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camerarius, joachim, 1534-1598
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hugo, herman, 1588-1629
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Castellini, Giovanni Zaratino, 1570-1641; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Landwehr, J. Romantic emblem books
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Cartari, Vincenzo, b. ca. 1500; Malfatti, Cesare, b. ca. 1550
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Engraved title page
Topic: Mythology, Classical
First edition
Topic: Emblems
Signatures: A * 2* 3* 4*⁴ ²A B-4A a-d e⁴
Topics: Signs and symbols, Cryptography, Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Bosch, Jacob; Wolffgang, Johann Georg W., 1664-1744; Müller, Jacob, 18th cent
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The plates are engraved by J.G. Wolfgang and Jacob Müllert
Topics: Symbolism, Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Duke University. Library. Jantz Collection; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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eye 2,001
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Illustrated moral emblems, with descriptions of those depicted and of others on the same subject
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Saavedra Fajardo, Diego de, 1584-1648; Sadeler, Johann, d. 1665
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eye 1,849
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Signatures: )(⁴·⁴ *² A-Aaaaa⁴ Bbbbb⁶ (Bbbbb6 blank)
Topics: Political science, Education of princes, Emblems, Kings and rulers
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Horapollo; Leemans, Conradus, 1809-1893
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Text in Greek and Latin
Topic: Egyptian language
In 2 pts., each with special engraved title page
Topic: Ethics
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by Ferro, Giovanni, 1582-1630; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Engraved title-pages
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Italian
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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Topic: Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Cartari, Vincenzo, b. ca. 1500; Pignoria, Lorenzo, 1571-1631; Malfatti, Cesare, b. ca. 1550
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Topic: Mythology, Classical
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Descriptive text on versos facing full-page illustrations
Topics: Plants, Animals, Emblems
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Engraved frontispiece; 78 copperplates of emblems
Topics: Emblems, Signs and symbols
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Paradin, Claude, 16th cent; Simeoni, Gabriele, 1509-1575
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Original edition (Lyon, 1551) published under title: Dévises héroïques
Topics: Emblems, Devices (Heraldry)
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by Engelgrave, Henricus, 1610?-1670; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Title page in v. 3: Lucis evangelicae ... pars tertia. Hoc est Caeleste pantheon sive caelum novum in festa et gesta santorum totius anni ..
Topics: Emblem books, Church year meditations
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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First published in 1593, without illustrations
Topic: Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Goltzius, Hubert, 1526-1583; Ble, Jacob de, b. 1586; Rubens, Peter Paul, 1577-1640
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Title page, engraved, has note: "Pet. Paul Rubenius inuenit."
Topics: Numismatics, Roman, Numismatics, Greek, Inscriptions, Latin
Topic: Emblems
Engraved t.p
Topics: Gregory XIII, Pope, 1502-1585, Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
Landwehr, J. Romantic emblem books
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Horozco y Covarrúbias, Juan de, fl. 1589-1608; Covarrubias y Leyva, Diego de, 1512-1577
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Title vignette: arms and emblem of the dedicatee; repeated on 16v, [102]r, and half titles
Topics: Emblems, Emblem books, Spanish
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Castellini, Giovanni Zaratino, 1570-1641; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Topic: Emblems
Topic: Emblems
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Colophon dated: 1610
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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First published in 1593, without illustrations
Topic: Emblems
Title vignette (arms of Mateo Regii)
Topics: Political science, Kings and rulers, Emblem books
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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First published in 1593, without illustrations
Topic: Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Duke University. Library. Jantz Collection; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Illustrated moral emblems, with descriptions of those depicted and of others on the same subject
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
Edited by J. Micyllus
Topic: Mythology, Classical
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Cats, Jacob, 1577-1660; Swelinck, Jan; Venne, Adriaen Pietersz. van de, 1589-1662
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Engraved t.-p
Topic: Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Haeften, Benedictus van, 1588-1648; Boëtius, à Bolswert, ca. 1580-ca. 1663
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Signatures: (:)⁸, A-2V⁸
Topic: Emblem books, German
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by Mendo, Andrés, 1608-1684; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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favorite 3
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Engraved title vignette: device of Boissat and Remeus
Topics: Emblem books, Spanish, Emblems, Kings and rulers, Education of princes
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Third ed., cf. Introduction to Olms reprint ed., Hildesheim, 1970
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
Landwehr, J. Romantic emblem books
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Sucquet, Antoine, 1574-1627?; Bolswert, Boëce van, ca. 1580-1633
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Engraved t.p.; initials
Topics: Christian life, Future life
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Castellini, Giovanni Zaratino, 1570-1641
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Parts 2-3 have separate title-pages with imprint date 1624
Topic: Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Third ed., cf. Introduction to Olms reprint ed., Hildesheim, 1970
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Castellini, Giovanni Zaratino, 1570-1641; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
texts
eye 1,255
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Topic: Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
texts
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Running title: Empresas politicas
Topics: Political science, Kings and rulers
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Castellini, Giovanni Zaratino, 1570-1641; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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eye 1,237
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Topic: Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Caussin, Nicolas, 1583-1651
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Vol. 2 has title: Polyhistor symbolicvs. Electrorum symbolorum, & parabolarum historicarum stromata, XII. libris complectens ..
Topics: Egyptian language, Symbolism, Mythology, Egyptian
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Engelgrave, Henricus, 1610?-1670; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Title page in v. 3: Lucis evangelicae ... pars tertia. Hoc est Caeleste pantheon sive caelum novum in festa et gesta santorum totius anni ..
Topics: Emblem books, Church year meditations
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Castellini, Giovanni Zaratino, 1570-1641; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
texts
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Topic: Emblems
Colophon: Acheuees d'imprimer ce dernier iour de decembre, pour la premiere edition, 1588
Topic: Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Mendo, Andrés, 1608-1684; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
texts
eye 1,198
favorite 1
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Engraved title vignette: device of Boissat and Remeus
Topics: Emblem books, Spanish, Emblems, Kings and rulers, Education of princes
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
texts
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A collection of 10 poetical works, each of which has its separate t.p. engr., with imprint: T'Amstelredam, Ghedruckt by P.I. Slyp, 1634; and a separate pagination; with a collective t.p. and portrait of the author prefixed
Topics: Dutch poetry, Part songs, Music
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Conti, Natale, 1520-1582; Linocier, Geoffroi, fl. 1584; Tritonio, Marco Antonio, 16th cent; Sylburg, Friedrich, 1536-1596; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Title vignette
Topic: Mythology, Classical
Edited by Jacobus Micyllus
Topics: Mythology, Classical, Astronomy, Ancient, Astronomy, Greek
The illustrations include 26 emblematic copperplates, of which 16 are derived von O. van Veen's Emblemata Horatiana, 4 emblematic plates depicting the seasons and other plates. Cf. Landwehr, John. Dutch emblem books
Topic: Emblems
Topic: Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Krul, Jan Hermansz, 1602-1646; Urfé, Honoré d', 1567-1625. Astrée
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Added t.p. engraved
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by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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Topic: Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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First published in 1593, without illustrations
Topic: Emblems
Topics: Catholic Church, Saints
Includes index
Topic: Mythology, Classical
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ruscelli, Girolamo, d. ca. 1565; Franceschi, Francesco de; Ruscelli, Vincenzo, fl. 1583. Quarto libro delle Imprese illustri con figure di stampe di rame; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Engraved t.p. title within ornamental border
Topics: Heraldry, Devices (Heraldry)
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
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Edited by Ludovicus Camerarius
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ricci, Vincenzo, fl. 1626; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Landwehr, J. Romantic emblem books
Topics: Emblem books, Italian, Emblems, Virtues, Virtues in art, Vices, Vices in art
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Alciati, Andrea, 1492-1550; Mignault, Claude, ca. 1536-1606; Pignoria, Lorenzo, 1571-1631
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Historiated title page; tail ornaments
Topic: Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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Topic: Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Saavedra Fajardo, Diego de, 1584-1648; Astry, James, Sir
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Translation of Idea de un principe politico-christiano
Topics: Political science, Kings and rulers
Topics: Biography, Portraits
Title-page of v. 2 varies: Devises des princes, cavaliers, dames, scavans, et avtres personnages illvstres de l'Europe, ou la philosophie des images. Tome second
Topics: Nostradamus, 1503-1566, Occultism, Astrology, Emblems, Devices (Heraldry)
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Cartari, Vincenzo, b. ca. 1500; Malfatti, Cesare, b. ca. 1550
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Title vignette (Deuchino's device) and illustrations engraved
Topic: Mythology, Classical
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Paradin, Claude, 16th cent; Amboise, François d', 1550-1620
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Engraved t.p
Topics: Emblems, Heraldry
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texts
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Title within illustrative border
Topics: Numismatics, Roman, Coins, Ancient, Medals, Roman
Includes Latin, Italian, French, German, Spanish, and English proverbs as well as Dutch
Topics: Emblems, Proverbs, Emblem books, Dutch
Added engr. t.-p
Topic: Mythology, Greek
Title printed in red and black
Topic: Emblem books, Dutch
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Bèze, Théodore de, 1519-1605; Lectius, Jacobus, 1556?-1611; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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Sylvae.--Elegiae.--Epitaphia.--Epigramm.--Icones.-- Emblemata.--Cato Censorivs.--Abrahamus sacrificans.--Canticum canticorum
Topics: Jonah (Biblical prophet), Bible, Emblem books, Latin, Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ruscelli, Girolamo, d. ca. 1565; Franceschi, Francesco de; Ruscelli, Vincenzo, fl. 1583. Quarto libro delle Imprese illustri con figure di stampe di rame; Duke University. Library. Gilbert Collection
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eye 995
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Engraved t.p. title within ornamental border
Topics: Heraldry, Devices (Heraldry)
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Quarles, Francis, 1592-1644; Benlowes, Edward, 1603?-1676
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Engr. t.-p.; full page illustrations
Topic: Emblems
Duke University Libraries, Emblem Books
by Ripa, Cesare, 1560-1645; Orlandi, Cesare, 1734-1779
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Topic: Emblems
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Illustrations are by Bolognino Zaltieri and reporduced from the 1571 edition of Vencenzo Valgrisi. Cf. R. Mortimer. Italian 16th cent., no. 108
Topic: Mythology, Classical